Starvox Entertainment and Potted Productions announced that Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience – A parody by Dan and Jeff, created by two-time Olivier Award-nominated and BBC actors Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner, returns to the Hobby Center, December 7 – January 2. Potted Potter is perfect for ages six to Dumbledore (who is very old indeed). Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, October 1, 2021 at www.TheHobbyCenter.org.

Potted Potter takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real-life game of Quidditch) into 70 hilarious minutes. It includes all your favorite characters, a special appearance from a fire-breathing dragon, endless costumes, jokes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props and a generous helping of Hogwarts magic plus lots of mayhem!

Whether you camped outside a bookstore for three days awaiting the release of the Deathly Hallows, or you don’t know the difference between a Horcrux and a Hufflepuff, the comedy, magic and mayhem of Potted Potter makes for a fun, and funny, visit to the theatre.

Here’s what the critics have said about Potted Potter…

"This gloriously irreverent show will have you in stitches." - Houston Press

CRITICS’ PICK! Breathless and HILARIOUS! The duo casts the perfect spell over the audience” - New York Times.

"A Zany Hoot!" - New York Post

A fabulously funny parody. Will tickle the funny bone of every age group.” – The London Daily Telegraph.

"You're gonna love this show!"

"****The single funniest thing I've seen in ages. You're gonna love this show." - Toronto Star

     

  

CREATIVE TEAM

 

Daniel Clarkson (Writer & Co-Creator) According to Wikipedia, Daniel is a “British comedy actor, playwright and director with two Olivier nominations and a Blue Peter Badge.” Graduating from Bretton Hall, Daniel is probably best known for being one half of the comedy double act “Dan and Jeff”, renowned across the globe for their “Potted” stage shows as well as an 18-month residence in the CBBC office as their in-house presenters. With four shows now under his belt (Potted Potter, Potted Pirates, Potted Panto and the latest Potted Sherlock, which Daniel co-wrote with his brother Tom), he has received both audience and critical acclaim, having had sell-out seasons in both London’s West End and New York, and completed several successful international tours. Potted Potter was even translated into Spanish, which Daniel then directed in Mexico City. In 2017 Daniel wrote King Kong (A Comedy) which premiered at the Vaults in London, enjoying a successful 10-week run and three Offie Award nominations, including Best Production. In 2019 The Crown Dual premiered – a comic parody of the Netflix series ‘The Crown’. He feels it’ll be a sure-fire way to fast track his knighthood! Between wizarding and writing, Daniel also appears as Puppet Steve in the anarchic late night comedy chat show Mr. Thing, which has enjoyed sell out runs at both the Edinburgh and Brighton Comedy festivals. Daniel has had regular appearances on BBC, ITV and Channel 4 – writing, performing and directing his unique brand of condensed comedy, and was fortunate enough to spend six months in LA training and working with The Upright Citizens Brigade. He was also in the British soap opera Coronation Street a couple of times (he didn’t know how to fit that in but his mum said “he really should”.) @Daniel_Veronica (tweet him and help his ongoing quest to get more followers than Bieber!)

Jefferson Turner (Writer & Co-Creator) Jeff started working with Dan way back in 2005. Since then, they have written the globally successful Potted Potter, Potted Pirates and Potted Panto together. These shows have collected two Olivier nominations and enjoyed multiple West End runs, Off-Broadway seasons, and international tours between them. Jeff has performed in all these shows, as well as Potted Sherlock, sharing the stage almost constantly with the tall one, for well over 3,000 stage hours. And counting!! They have also been allowed to appear together on TV far more than is sensible too, on shows such as: Blue Peter (BBC), Richard & Judy (C4), The Slammer (BBC) and Big Brother’s Little Brother (C4). Though they are best known in the UK for being the in-house presenters in the CBBC Office (BBC), messing around in Brits’ living rooms from 2008-2010! Jeff trained with Second City when they popped over to London, pre-pandemic, which was awesome. They brought the comedy and Jeff brought the tea. Now, after nearly two years stuck at home; eating & drinking (too much), writing (not enough) and generally being a bit lonely, Jeff is absolutely delighted to be bringing Potted Potter back to audiences, who are hopefully, currently, as hungry for theatre as he is. And cake. One should always be hungry for cake.

Production Team:

Richard Hurst, Director

Hanna Berrigan, Associate Director

Simon Scullion, Set Design

Tim Mascall, Lighting Design

Phil Innes, Music

About Starvox Entertainment: Founded in 2005 by Corey Ross, Starvox Entertainment has ranked on Profit Magazine’s list of Canada’s top growth companies for four years running - the only live entertainment company ever to place on the list.

Starvox is the producer of the North American Premiere of The Art of Banksy in association with Live Nation, as well as the hugely successful Wow Variety Spectacular, currently in residence at Caesars Entertainment’s Rio Casino, and recently produced the Mexican tour for rock star Bryan Adams. Starvox will be producing the Broadway bound Bend It Like Beckham the Musical.

In 2015, Starvox produced a national tour of a new adaptation of Sherlock Holmes starring David Arquette and, in Toronto, the Canadian premiere of Dee Snider’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Christmas Tale, amongst other productions. Starvox has presented two productions written and directed by Woody Harrelson; presented John Malkovich in Giacomo Variations, and nationally-broadcast concerts for the Stephen Lewis Foundation, featuring Alicia Keys, Annie Lennox and Harry Belafonte, among others. Starvox recently produced the multi-million-dollar reboot of the classic Las Vegas revue show Jubilee for Caesars Entertainment, with pop mega-star Beyonce’s creative team at the helm.

Mr. Ross was a producer on the Canadian production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS and produces an annual tour of Evil Dead – The Musical to record-breaking sales in Canada and the United States. Since 2012, Starvox produces the touring west-end hit show Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience. Starvox is the producer of Trey Parker’s Cannibal! The Musical and Faulty Towers Live! The Dining Experience in Toronto.

Potted Productions (Producer) The company was founded in 2006 by James Seabright to produce the work of Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner. It has since produced Potted Potter in the UK, Australasia and North America, including two West End and two off-Broadway seasons. It has also commissioned and produced the new shows Potted Pirates (Edinburgh, UK tours), Potted Panto (Edinburgh, Vaudeville, London, and UK tour; Olivier Award Nomination for Best Entertainment 2011) and Potted Sherlock.

For more information on Potted Potter log on to: www.pottedpotter.com

POTTED POTTER CAST MEMBERS PERFORMING IN HOUSTON:

 

SCOTT HOATSON (Performer) Scott trained as an Actor at QMU in Edinburgh, Scotland. Recent theatre credits include: Henry V, The Tempest (Shakespeares Rose Theatre), Potted Potter (US, Canada, Asia), Out of This World (DTP), The Chooky Brae (Borderline), The Wall (Borderline), The Man Who Followed His Legs (Wee Stories), Romeo and Juliet (Charioteer / Piccolo, Milan) After Mary Rose (Magnetic North), The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe (Royal Lyceum), Recovery Position (National Theatre Scotland). Recent TV, film and radio includes: Outlander (Starz / Sony), Bluestone 42, The Leaving of Barra, and The Boy Who Ran Away From The Circus (BBC), Case Histories (BBC / Ruby Films), Taggart (ITV), MacMillans Marvellous Motion Machine and Idle Hands (BBC Radio 4), Sybil Law (BBC Radio Scotland), Secrets and Lattes (BBC / Absolutely). Scott can also be heard as the voice of BBC TV in the UK. Twitter & Instagram: @scottwhoatson

 

BRENDAN MURPHY (Performer) Brendan attended drama school at Arts Ed London before going on to train in improvisation with Second City and iO alumni, David Shore, and The Free Association. An experienced improviser, Brendan is a member of BBC Radio One's BattleActs! and a guest player for Second City and Monkey Toast Players. As a writer/performer he can often be found touring his critically acclaimed, one-man, parody stage shows: FRIEND (The One With Gunther) and Buffy: ReVamped. So, if you're a fan of FRIENDS or Buffy The Vampire Slayer and you'd like to see the shows come to your town, get in touch! Email your local theatre! Phone the mayor! And hopefully we'll see you soon. Twitter & Instagram: @notmurphy

Health & Safety Protocols

The health and safety of all subscribers, ticket holders, staff, artists and those that make up the Hobby Center Foundation's community is top priority. Rest assured, all decisions regarding the necessary protocols and policies for the health and safety of audiences will be guided by medical and public health advice. The Hobby Center is implementing changes to meet the rapidly changing conditions, guidance and recommended best practices. Based on the current information available, beginning October 1, 2021, all patrons ages 2 and older will be required to show either proof of a negative COVID-19 test result or proof of vaccination, and photo identification. Masks will also be required at all times when in the venue. As conditions change, so may protocols and guidelines. Complete details, up-to-date health and safety information, and policies for the Hobby Center can be found at TheHobbyCenter.org/covid.

The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts is operated by the Hobby Center Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Its mission is to expand Houston’s reputation as a world-class cultural center by providing a premier performing arts facility, fostering accessibility to the performing arts and promoting arts education, with an emphasis on musical theatre. The complex houses two performance chambers, an on-site restaurant, Diana American Grill, and an 800-car capacity on premise parking garage. Please visit TheHobbyCenter.org.

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